Many students in both primary and secondary school have recently sat the annual NAPLAN tests. And whilst in theory, this testing process is of benefit academically, one wonders how the anxiety and stress associated with these tests, is impacting on students. It seems that many parents are noticing that their children are showing overt signs of being stressed and anxious in the lead up to these exams. Sleeplessness, headaches, vomiting and other ailments are just a few of the symptoms of anxiety being shown.
While there are debates surrounding whether or not tests are good indicators of learning, for the meantime, tests are here to stay, and will remain a central component of academic performance measurement for the foreseeable future. In fact, there are some that argue that it is important for children to learn coping skills to deal with stressful situations. They argue that rather than shy away from anxiety inducing situations, children need to face these situations and have adequate mechanisms for managing the stress and anxiety. Kids need to be resilient and equipped for life beyond school. It can be asserted that test taking and exams are an integral part of the education system well past high school into university and beyond, and thus, students ought to be taught effective solutions to sit exams in a calm, focussed state.
Today, our students are under more pressure to perform well in school exams. Many students fear failure or are not able to remember what they have learned and how to apply it on the day of their exams. In the lead up to exams, many students struggle to focus and pay attention, and are often crippled by their stress and lack of self –belief. However, these students can learn to overcome their anxiety, grow in confidence and feel comfortable in exam conditions.
With my help, students can learn simple, life-long techniques to control their anxiety, remain focused and confident, and thus enhance their exam performance. I give students the right help, teach them skills for life. My methods give students the psychological skills and techniques specifically designed to improve exam performance, concentration and information retention whilst at the same time lower the associated anxiety and stress.
I offer students long-term, skills- building solutions to foster the development of a lifetime habit for being more relaxed and resilient to pressure. My four session programme, suitable for students from year 9 – year 12, includes a take home support CD and guidelines sheet. The course can be done either individually or in a small group. So what are you waiting for?